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Tri-County Women's Centre launches sexual assault nurse examiner program

The Yarmouth Regional Hospital.
The Yarmouth Regional Hospital. - Tina Comeau

Program aims to respond to many aspects of individual’s needs, including physical, psychological, social and legal

YARMOUTH -  The Tri County Women’s Centre launched the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program on Sept.4. SANE trained registered nurses will provide 24/7 medical and forensic response to sexual assault at Yarmouth Regional Hospital. The service is available to all survivors and victims of recent (within the last 120 hours) sexual assault, aged 13 years and older. Those wishing to access the SANE nurses can call 1-833-577-SANE (7263) or go to the Yarmouth Regional Hospital Emergency Department.

The SANE Program strives to provide sensitive, professional care in a manner that restores control to those who are survivors and victims of sexual assault. Through a community team approach, the program aims to respond to many aspects of the individual’s needs, including physical, psychological, social, and legal.

“The SANE Program is a part of efforts to increase access to medical treatment, forensic evidence collection and community support referrals, said Carmen Phinney, SANE Program Coordinator.

“Our SANE team of nurses and community partners has worked diligently to prepare for the launch of the program.”

Lisanne Turner, Executive Director of the Tri County Women’s Centre, is looking forward to building the program: “This launch is the result of community partnerships and support from NSHA. We will continue to work with the community to ensure survivors and victims have access to the supports they need.”

The Western Nova Scotia SANE Program is funded by the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA).

Click here for more information about the SANE Program. 

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